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The Dowager Empress of Chappaqua (a.k.a., Hillary Clinton) has picked a fight with Donald Trump, claiming that his promise to end gun-free zones in schools will mean kids in classrooms packing heat. That has lead to much to-ing and fro-ing between the campaigns and someone unearthing the above tweet. Was Trump referring to Obama’s stance on guns? Will it hurt the Donald? Nothing else has. Make the jump for the full transcript of President Obama’s post-Newtown vigil speech, with the gun control bits bolded . . .

Full transcript of President Obama’s remarks at a Dec. 16 prayer vigil for victims of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

OBAMA: Thank you.

Thank you, Governor. To all the families, first responders, to the community of Newtown, clergy, guests, scripture tells us, “Do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, inwardly, we are being renewed day by day.

“For light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all, so we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

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“For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven not built by human hands.”

We gather here in memory of 20 beautiful children and six remarkable adults. They lost their lives in a school that could have been any school in a quiet town full of good and decent people that could be any town in America.

Here in Newtown, I come to offer the love and prayers of a nation. I am very mindful that mere words cannot match the depths of your sorrow, nor can they heal your wounded hearts.

I can only hope it helps for you to know that you’re not alone in your grief, that our world, too, has been torn apart, that all across this land of ours, we have wept with you. We’ve pulled our children tight.

And you must know that whatever measure of comfort we can provide, we will provide. Whatever portion of sadness that we can share with you to ease this heavy load, we will gladly bear it. Newtown, you are not alone.

As these difficult days have unfolded, you’ve also inspired us with stories of strength and resolve and sacrifice. We know that when danger arrived in the halls of Sandy Hook Elementary, the school’s staff did not flinch. They did not hesitate.

Dawn Hochsprung and Mary Sherlach, Vicki Soto, Lauren Rousseau, Rachel D’Avino and Anne Marie Murphy, they responded as we all hope we might respond in such terrifying circumstances, with courage and with love, giving their lives to protect the children in their care.

We know that there were other teachers who barricaded themselves inside classrooms and kept steady through it all and reassured their students by saying, “Wait for the good guys, they are coming. Show me your smile.”

And we know that good guys came, the first responders who raced to the scene helping to guide those in harm’s way to safety and comfort those in need, holding at bay their own shock and their own trauma, because they had a job to do and others needed them more.

And then there were the scenes of the schoolchildren helping one another, holding each other, dutifully following instructions in the way that young children sometimes do, one child even trying to encourage a grownup by saying, “I know karate, so it’s OK; I’ll lead the way out.”

As a community, you’ve inspired us, Newtown. In the face of indescribable violence, in the face of unconscionable evil, you’ve looked out for each other. You’ve cared for one another. And you’ve loved one another. This is how Newtown will be remembered, and with time and God’s grace, that love will see you through.

But we as a nation, we are left with some hard questions. You know, someone once described the joy and anxiety of parenthood as the equivalent of having your heart outside of your body all the time, walking around.

With their very first cry, this most precious, vital part of ourselves, our child, is suddenly exposed to the world, to possible mishap or malice, and every parent knows there’s nothing we will not do to shield our children from harm. And yet we also know that with that child’s very first step and each step after that, they are separating from us, that we won’t — that we can’t always be there for them.

They will suffer sickness and setbacks and broken hearts and disappointments, and we learn that our most important job is to give them what they need to become self-reliant and capable and resilient, ready to face the world without fear. And we know we can’t do this by ourselves.

It comes as a shock at a certain point where you realize no matter how much you love these kids, you can’t do it by yourself, that this job of keeping our children safe and teaching them well is something we can only do together, with the help of friends and neighbors, the help of a community and the help of a nation.

And in that way we come to realize that we bear responsibility for every child, because we’re counting on everybody else to help look after ours, that we’re all parents, that they are all our children.

This is our first task, caring for our children. It’s our first job. If we don’t get that right, we don’t get anything right. That’s how, as a society, we will be judged.

And by that measure, can we truly say, as a nation, that we’re meeting our obligations?

Can we honestly say that we’re doing enough to keep our children, all of them, safe from harm?

Can we claim, as a nation, that we’re all together there, letting them know they are loved and teaching them to love in return?

Can we say that we’re truly doing enough to give all the children of this country the chance they deserve to live out their lives in happiness and with purpose? 

I’ve been reflecting on this the last few days, and if we’re honest with ourselves, the answer’s no. We’re not doing enough. And we will have to change. Since I’ve been president, this is the fourth time we have come together to comfort a grieving community torn apart by mass shootings, fourth time we’ve hugged survivors, the fourth time we’ve consoled the families of victims.

And in between, there have been an endless series of deadly shootings across the country, almost daily reports of victims, many of them children, in small towns and in big cities all across America, victims whose — much of the time their only fault was being at the wrong place at the wrong time.

We can’t tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must end. And to end them, we must change. 

We will be told that the causes of such violence are complex, and that is true. No single law, no set of laws can eliminate evil from the world or prevent every senseless act of violence in our society, but that can’t be an excuse for inaction. Surely we can do better than this. 

If there’s even one step we can take to save another child or another parent or another town from the grief that’s visited Tucson and Aurora and Oak Creek and Newtown and communities from Columbine to Blacksburg before that, then surely we have an obligation to try. 

In the coming weeks, I’ll use whatever power this office holds to engage my fellow citizens, from law enforcement, to mental health professionals, to parents and educators, in an effort aimed at preventing more tragedies like this, because what choice do we have? We can’t accept events like this as routine. 

Are we really prepared to say that we’re powerless in the face of such carnage, that the politics are too hard? 

Are we prepared to say that such violence visited on our children year after year after year is somehow the price of our freedom? 

You know, all the world’s religions, so many of them represented here today, start with a simple question.

Why are we here? What gives our life meaning? What gives our acts purpose?

We know our time on this Earth is fleeting. We know that we will each have our share of pleasure and pain, that even after we chase after some earthly goal, whether it’s wealth or power or fame or just simple comfort, we will, in some fashion, fall short of what we had hoped. We know that, no matter how good our intentions, we’ll all stumble sometimes in some way.

We’ll make mistakes, we’ll experience hardships and even when we’re trying to do the right thing, we know that much of our time will be spent groping through the darkness, so often unable to discern God’s heavenly plans.

There’s only one thing we can be sure of, and that is the love that we have for our children, for our families, for each other. The warmth of a small child’s embrace, that is true.

The memories we have of them, the joy that they bring, the wonder we see through their eyes, that fierce and boundless love we feel for them, a love that takes us out of ourselves and binds us to something larger, we know that’s what matters.

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    • Only in today’s world does repeating someone’s OWN words constitute “slander”

      • I think they’re getting that tactic from the Muzzies. You know, where accurately reporting what a religion stands for and that the prophet was a pedophile constitutes blasphemy and hate speech.

      • Point made… but context matters too.

        Besides, Twitter is hardly the best way to express one’s personal stance on such a potentially nuanced topic.

      • Ted Cruz will forever be monikerd Lyin’ Ted by socalled “conservatives” for having the gall to repeat Trump’s own words to Trump during a telivised debate. At this point its Trump or bust because we can’t do Hiliary. But make no mistake, we still need an article 5 convention because Donald isn’t the messiah.

  1. I think Trump was referring to the speech Obama gave at the Newtown vigil. In this speech, he never made any political statements about guns beyond stating that at we can at least agree that SOMETHING has to be done about this. I think that’s pretty reasonable.

      • Something should most definitely be done… about gun-free zones.

        Now I’m sure that isn’t the something the president had in mind, but still…

    • You see: that’s just it.
      The Resident in chief did not SPECIFICALLY say “get the guns”, it was just heavily implied. The Donald could just as easily claim he was agreeing with the sympathy for the grieving families, as did we all.
      In any case: I still don’t trust him. We may vote for him but he must be watched very closely and our congress even closer.

  2. Meh. That comes off as more unifying tradegy statement. Similar statements are made by anyone with political aspirations following any disaster. I’m sure if you looked hard enough you could find a lot of surprising people saying positive things about Bush after 9/11.

  3. It has been said many times on many web pages…”I’m not voting for Trump, I’m voting against Hillary.”
    The lesser of these evils is, shall I say , still evil!

  4. Twitter is lame, recording and saving all theses brain farts to be used in whatever future context is required to push whatever agenda is wanted proves nothing substantial. Trump is all over the map, if anything, this tweet is consistent with his inconsistency.

  5. Hillary thinks DC v Heller was wrongly decided and wants Austrailian style confiscation. She will get several Supreme Court picks.

    The Donald has evolved. Maybe hes a question mark, maybe he’ll negotiate. But Hillary leaves no doubt. I’d rather take my chances with the Donald where there is some hope, than Hillary where there is nothing but disaster.


    Okay, I didn’t actually comment, but if I had, it would have been deleted. So being a helpful kind of guy, I figured I’d be proactive.

  7. Hilary will not win, she’s emotionally compromised and millions of voters will send her to the dustbin of history.

    • Hillary has millions of illegal aliens and dead people to fraudulently vote for her. The anti-Trump campaign may be pointless if the fraudulent votes can push her to victory anyway.

  8. You see, that was then, and this is now.

    Until any point in the future, of course.

    Oh, dear…


  9. Dowager Empress of Little Rock or Chicago

    I like “Dowager Empress” a lot. Old battleax in her dotage.

  10. C’mon guys, Ted Cruz is not walking through that door, time to stop the lame #nevertrump parade. Besides the fact that he wasn’t going far with just the OFWG vote anyway. You may not know everything you’ll get with Trump, but you know for sure what Hillary will do, including transforming the Supreme Court into something you don’t want. For most likely the rest of your life…

    That alone is enough to take a chance.

  11. Dan,
    I find it disgusting that you take this stance. Our President was only trying to make sense, and at the same time console our nation. When Newtown happened, it cut through me more than any other mass shooting. First graders….imagine your own kids at 6/7 years old being cut down with the fear in their eyes. It turns my stomach that anyone would try to stop any meaningful way to prevent such a thing to repeat itself. What trumps-a life or control.

    • So what you’re saying is, as a reaction to tragedy, ineffective overtures are OK, because they are, indeed, “something”?

      I’m not going to try to convince you. It reads this way, David; You came to a gun owner site, as an anti-gun person. The divide is not going to change by invoking images of dead children; and no we do not think Newtown was “okay”. I guarantee you that everyone here is very much anti dead-kid. At all times.

      You wish for guns to be banned because you believe laws can lead to a panacea – whereas we feel that that banning guns would not delete tragedy from our lexicon in any meaningful manner and is in fact pernicious and detrimental to life and well-being.

      That’s where it stands, and trying to move that needle through guilt tripping “what about the children?!” responses is going to be effective as trying to nail jello to a wall.

      But if you think we’ve not been down this road before, and wish to go on to pull out the “You just care about guns more than children!” (false) meme, by all means, let me hold the door open for you; Plenty of us will be waiting inside, waiting to engage.

  12. Hillary, Bernie, Trump, and the Libertarian guy with an anti-gun VP.

    Oh well, it was fun while it lasted.

  13. Yes, something should be done about gun violence, which is mostly concentrated in areas where law abiding citizens have their right to keep and bear arms infringed upon. Where anti-gun people want more infringement as a “solution” the pro-gun people want less or no infringement.

    But agreeing to the position that violent illegal firearm use should be reduced is not an anti-gun stance. It’s the goal of all legal gun-owners. We want crime reduced, we want crime committed with firearms reduced, but we understand that the best way to reduce crime, and crime committed with firearms, is for people to have the option to protect themselves from such crime by carrying firearms.

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